Key messages

• Respiratory rate and patterns are important clinical signs of ventilatory failure.

• Stridor is a (too) late sign of airway obstruction.

• Bag-and-mask ventilation, insertion of a laryngeal mask airway, and cricothyrotomy are valuable manual skills in the intensive care unit. Introduction

Failure of ventilation occurs as a result of a broad range of disorders: cardiorespiratory arrest; respiratory depression (drugs, head injury, obesity); respiratory obstruction (coma, infection, edema, foreign body, trauma); respiratory failure (infection, edema, bronchospasm, weakness).

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Have You Been Told Over And Over Again That You Snore A Lot, But You Choose To Ignore It? Have you been experiencing lack of sleep at night and find yourself waking up in the wee hours of the morning to find yourself gasping for air?

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